How to hang  kitchen wall units

How to hang kitchen wall units

Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff

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Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff

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An essential part of any kitchen, wall units are generally installed over worktops, sinks or hobs. When installing a wall unit or cupboard you will have to take measurements and check everything is level before fitting your brackets and attaching the unit itself. Read on to find out how to hang your kitchen wall units.

Important features

  • Preparing the kitchen
  • Taking measurements and marking out the units
  • Installing the brackets
  • Hanging the wall units
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Kitchen wall units: an essential storage solution


Designed to maximise the space in your kitchen, wall units or cupboards can be mounted above the worktopssink or hob. Their size, material, colour and finish should be chosen to match the style of your kitchen.

Required skills

In order to fit your kitchen wall units, you will have to know how to take accurate measurements, choose the right fixing plugs, and be able to use a spirit level and drill. As these units are often delivered in the form of a kit, you will also have to be able to put the furniture together.

Time to complete

Around 2 hours, depending on the size of the units.

Number of people

1 to 2 people depending on the volume and weight of the furniture.


  1. Preparing the kitchen
  2. Taking measurements and marking out the units
  3. Installing the furniture brackets
  4. Hanging the wall units

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Hanging kitchen wall units in 4 steps

1. Preparing the kitchen


Kitchen wall units should only be installed once the base furniture has already been put in place.

To reach the height at which you plan to install the units, you will have to climb on top of the base cabinets and/or use a stepladder. Place cardboard over the countertops to protect them, making sure to mark out any spots where your feet should not go, including the sink and the hob.

You can also protect your backsplash or tiles with a tarpaulin cover.

The kitchen floor should also be protected.

2. Taking measurements and marking out your units    


You will need to trace several lines onto the wall surface.

Start by tracing along top of the unit. To do this, either refer to the assembly instructions provided or calculate the desired height by adding the distance between the top of your base units and the bottom of your unit to the overall height of the unit.

Once you've done this, use a spirit level and a ruler to draw out the first line.

Next, carefully measure the distance between the top of the unit and the fixing bracket.

Transfer this measurement to the wall by marking a second line under the first.

At this point in the process, you should have just two lines on your wall with one below the other.

3. Fitting the brackets


Now that everything is measured out and marked on the wall, you will need to fit your brackets.

If the kit came with a track, align it with the bottom of the two lines and use it to mark out where you will need to drill the holes.

If the kit came with regular brackets, measure the distance between each of the hooks on the back of the unit and mark out this distance on the lower line on the wall. This will indicate where to drill the holes for each bracket.

Depending on the surface of your wall, use a drill or hammer drill to drill the holes in the wall then insert the fixing plugs and fit your brackets.

      4. Hanging the kitchen wall unit


The fixing system of wall units will generally be equipped with two screws: one to adjust the level of the unit and one to tighten the assembly. Unscrew the tightening screw.

If your furniture is heavy or bulky, ask someone to help you set it on the bracket(s).

Once the unit is in place, tighten the screw loosely, making sure not to tighten it all the way just yet. Either loosen or tighten the adjusting screws until the top of the furniture is properly aligned with the first line you had marked out.

Check that the unit is perfectly horizontal using a spirit level.

Once all of the kitchen units are aligned and level, fully tighten the screws.

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More information

To find out more about kitchen design, check out the following guides:

How to organise a small kitchenHow to create an open-plan kitchenFitted kitchen buying guideKitchen sink accessories buying guide

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Guide written by:

Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff, 132 guides

Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff

Electrician by trade, I first worked in industrial estates where I installed, wired and fixed a large number of electrical installations. After this, I managed a team of electricians for this type of work. 10 years or so ago, I turned to building and construction. From the modest family home, to gyms and theatres; I have been able to coordinate, audit and organise all sorts of construction sites. for 4 years now, I am restaoring and bulding an extrension to a bungalow in the heart of the welsh countyside. My experience in manual work and my knowledge means I am proud to be of service. Terraces, interior design, roofing, plumbing, electricty, anything goes! We have, my wife, daughter and I, built almost everything we have from scratch! So to answer all of your questions, and to orientate and advise you on coosing your tools? Easy!

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